WEAC statement on report about public school funding cuts, attack on teachers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2016

Contact: Christina Brey, 608-213-3497

WEAC statement on report about public school funding cuts, attack on teachers

The following statement can be attributed to Betsy Kippers, a Racine teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, regarding a report by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on the status of education and teaching in Wisconsin over the past five years under Governor Scott Walker. In responding, Kippers questioned the validity of the report, noting that the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has received almost $4 million from the Bradley Foundation, run by Scott Walker’s campaign chair.

“Those of us who teach, parent and live in real-world Wisconsin see the truth every day through our children’s eyes — there are fewer teachers in our classrooms, tax dollars are being taken out of our neighborhood public schools to subsidize private school tuition, and we’re facing a teacher shortage as a result of a smear campaign of epic proportions. This so-called report is mere propaganda bought and paid for by the same groups that pushed nearly $1 billion in cuts to our neighborhood public schools over the past five years. Clearly the authors of this report are more concerned with fixing the numbers to create a virtual reality than they are about our students — and they certainly haven’t spent any time in public schools to see reality for themselves.”